This commentary is an "exegetical and theological exposition of the Holy Scripture" based upon the New International Version text. The New American Commentary assumes the inerrancy of Scripture. The introduction analyzes the literary structure of Genesis, the structure of the Pentateuch and its relationship to Genesis, the theology of Genesis, Genesis and ancient literature, and creation and contemporary interpretation. The main body of the book consists of a verse-by-verse analysis and commentary on chapters 1-11:26. The author also includes 5 excursions: Translating 1:1-2, Interpreting the "Image of God", The Human Soul, The Origin of Civilization in Ancient Near East Mythology, and The Revelation of the Divine Name.